WUMB May Program Guide

New Music from Son Volt!

Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, I was embracing music that critics named, “alternative country.” Bands like  Uncle Tupelo, Old 97’s, Freakwater, Blue Mountain, and the Bottle Rockets were my staples. With the breakup of Uncle Tupelo came two meaningful bands in my life, Wilco and Son Volt. In 1995, Son Volt, headed by Jay Farrar, released their debut Trace. I don’t think a day went by for quite a long time that I didn’t listen to that record. Songs like “Windfall” and “Tear Stained Eye” found a permanent place in my soul. 

Over the years, Son Volt released a number of  albums, but nothing seemed to grab me like Trace…until this year’s Union. This new record really reminds me of Trace, especially songs like “Devil May Care” and “The 99”. Jay Farrar’s voice is so recognizably heart breakey and angry, he’s singing with real purpose on this one. If, like me, you took a bit of a hiatus from Son Volt, I encourage you to come back and check out Union. It’s good for the soul!

~ Randi

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